Aussie Retailers Lobby For Tax On Online Purchases
Remember the last election when the mining companies ran ads talking about how the mining super tax would hurt aussie jobs? A lot of aussies ate it up.
Yet some mining companies had their best years EVER for profits in 2010 - iirc one of them made about DOUBLE in profits than the prior term.
So I'm really not surprised that we're seeing this from other sectors as well. I hope Costco kicks ass on the east coast and spreads to all of the capital cities - I'm tired of paying stupidly high prices for basic items and never being able to buy anything in bulk. Honestly, who ever only needs 16 rolls of TP? Give me a 64 pack, a 100 pack, I don't care. I'm not going to stop using it anytime soon.
OS I'd Most Like To See Make a Comeback
Win ME wasn't that bad if you spent some time tweaking it. Disabling the stuff you don't need and getting the right drivers for it.
I remember I had it stable and running without a reboot for a whole month once!
I used it for gaming, IRC, school work, chatting, and movies/music, etc.
The nicest thing about it was that it was actually faster than 98se in games, by about 5%; and 98se was about 5% faster than win2k.
But this was back when FPS meant everything and people spent stupid amounts of time overclocking and putting stickers on their cases. Of course it did have its issues and it never seemed to run well on anyone elses machines. I may have just been really lucky.
Gran Turismo 5 To Be Released November 24th
I don't have a PS3 and I'm debating on whether or not it's worth it to buy one just for this game. I have zero interest in every other PS3 game. I don't think the number of people in the same situation as sdguero and myself are very few.
Man Loses Millions In Bizarre Virus-Protection Scam
1) Man earns millions from oil industry.
2) He dies.
3) His son inherits the money.
4) His son dies.
5) His grandson inherits the money.
6) His grandson gets scammed and loses the money.
7) His grandson's scammers spend some of the money.
8) His grandson's lawyers are paid to fight the scammers.
9) His grandson's lawyers buy a new Mercedes.
See? It *does* trickle down! It just takes 2 generations and some scamming to get it spread around!
Verizon To Pay $25M For Years of 'Mystery Fees'
"A spokesperson for Verizon has issued a report correcting the FCC, stating their settlement with the FCC was at a rate of 0.002 cents, not 0.002 dollars, bringing their total liability to $0.25M."
Want Flash Player On a MacBook Air? Download It Yourself
Wow thanks a lot. You just crashed my video card driver in Windows 7. That's the first time that's happened to me. And it was because I clicked a Youtube link in a thread talking about Adobe Flash and why Apple won't ship it on their computers.
Like a black fly in my chardonnay.
Recently Discovered Habitable World May Not Exist
It's a space station.
Technological Genius Is Timeliness, Not Inspiration
I was trying to think of a good example of why 0-click ordering is a bad idea, and I think I just sent a bunch of UPS and DHL boxes to your house.
Sorry about that.
Facebook Billionaire Gives Money To Legalize Marijuana
The theory is that it will be cheaper to buy from a shop than from a dealer - more suppliers. Plus you'd be able to grow your own. So the dealers getting it illegally from over the border or some local illegal grower would just be put out of business essentially.
The Encryption Pioneer Who Was Written Out of History
Maybe he should have protected his work. Perhaps with some kind of ... encryption?
Senate Votes To Turn Down Volume On TV Commercials
IIRC, our Phillips Magnavox large screen CRT TV had a "Smart Sound" feature that basically just normalized the volume all the time. I have to say it worked pretty well. I'd always notice watching TV at someone elses house that some ads played REALLY loud compared to the program. We had that TV from about the mid 90's I think.
Why don't more TVs have it? (rather, I know "cost" is probably the main reason, but it should be a good enough feature to be fairly standard today, you'd think)
ATMs That Dispense Gold Bars Coming To America
Does anyone else remember those ads on TV that tried to get you to sell your excess gold for cash? I think it was about a decade ago.
Interesting how now that the price of gold is three times what it was 10 years ago*, they're trying to sell it back to us. And by interesting I mean not surprising. Those ads always seem sleezy to me. Some guy in his 50's with glasses on a wooden desk blabbing on for like 3 minutes about gold and why you should sell it.
Of course, I don't have any gold nor have I purchased any, so I can't really complain. And I could be totally wrong since I don't follow these kinds of things. Someone correct me if I am.
Pentagon Makes Good On Plan To Destroy Critical Book
From the previous /. story that covered this, in the comments:
"The blurb is intentionally misleading here. The govt gave the OK for the book but then upon a later review they were worried about some names released and a 2nd printing has already been agreed upon by both parties. They are just deciding what to do with 10k books that were already printed. Obviously the publisher spent money to already print them so they aren't going to just destroy them."
So nothing to see here, move along...
You're Never More Than 115 Miles From McDonald's
Actually, there are more Subways than there are McDonalds. For the US at least. Has been that way for a few years IIRC.
Facebook Unveils Details of Downtime
I was going to disagree with you until I read one of the Facebook comments on the blog post talking about the error:
"John Marshall: how do i get job workin with facebook i live in newcastle in uk can any one from facebook staff get or can some one give me a email address that i can use to contact facebook please"
Countering a DMCA Takedown In the Magnet Wars
and now that video's source is getting slashdotted. it's basically loading the video at about .5KB/s for me. any more mirrors? i'm not seeing any with a quick search.
Australian Schools Go iPad-Crazy
When I was going to school, some people with laptops were playing games in class, too. Does this mean employers should avoid graduates from the classes of 2002-2008 as well?
You've summed up the reason for our high unemployement rate with two sentences. Congratulations!
Australian Schools Go iPad-Crazy
When the price of [used] textbooks at Uni bookstore for two semesters/quarters equal the price of a tablet computer [which does considerably more than the textbooks], can you really blame them?
Hubble In Anaglyph Stereo 3D
I don't care if it's made to be poop color...there are never enough images from the Hubble. Anything they are willing to present is good in my book!
and this is exactly why, even after reading TFS and TFA, consciously saying to myself "I know I don't have 3D glasses of *any* kind", I still watched the video.
In full screen.
And told myself "actually it does look a little 3D."
Rackspace Shuts Down Quran-Burning Church's Sites
Government officials can have opinions. They can express those opinions publically. What they can't do is dream up a law and have the country do their bidding without due process.
George Bush can quote the bible and talk about what God says the country *should* do. But if he tried to make the 10 commandments the 0th amendment, he'd get his ass handed to him.
Obama can say "I don't agree with this church. This church does not represent Americans. If I found out I was somehow helping this guy say what he is saying, I'd do whatever was reasonable to stop supporting him."
And did you ever stop to think that since the media has been on a fucking FRENZY on this story, surely some of them have been asking Obama about his opinions on the matter? You'd probably also notice that a lot of other people have "given their opinions" on this church. If someone kept asking YOU for comment on something, after a while you'd probably finally give your opinion on it, too. Did you not realize there's a parade of people following around the POTUS asking for his thoughts on *everything* going on in the world?
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